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The National Librarian, Prof. Aina has commenced an advocacy for a greater compliance with the Legal Deposit Act.
Prof. Aina commenced the advocacy with visits to state Govenors and Heads of tertiary schools in the country.
In Minna, the Niger State Capital, Prof. Aina was received by the Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmed Muhammad Ketso where he informed his host of the legal deposit requirement for all publications produced in the country and the standardization of such publications through the acquisation of International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and International Standard Book Number (ISBN) for all published titles and pleaded for their compliance.
The Acting Governor thanked the National Librarian and promised to transmit his message to the state governor when the latter returned from his foreign trip, for further directive to relevant state agencies.
At the Federal University of Technology, Minna, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Prof. Oluwole Olakanmi Morenikeji, led the university management team to receive the entourage on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Musbau A. Akanji.
Prof. Morenikeji stated that although the university tries to acquire Standard Numbers for their publications, the University would do more to ensure maximum compliance by the whole unversity community. Earlier in his speech, the National Librarian praised a member of the university, Prof. Job Madu, who made sure he got an ISBN for the text of his recently delivered inaugural lecture.
In Kaduna the state deputy governor, Arc. Barnabas Bala Bantex informed the National Librarian that although his state produces a large number of publications, they have not paid much attention to the use of Standard Numbers and the deposition of copies of such publications as required by law. The Deputy Governor however promised that the state goverment shall make it a state policy that all publications from the state agencies must acquire and use ISBNs and ISSNs on all publications and equallly deposit the required number of copies with National Library of Nigeria.
At the Kaduna Polytechnic, the Acting Rector, TPL Catherine Uloko thanked the National Librarian for choosing the institution as one amongst the first to visit, on his advocacy tour and pledged compliance to the requirements.
In his vote of thanks on behalf of the polytechnic, the institutions Librarian, Malam Bello Ahmed thanked the National Librarian for the visit , stating that Prof. Aina is the first National Librarian to ever visit the polytechnic since its establishment in 1956.
Earlier in his speech, the National Librarian stated that as a foremost hub of research activities, his visit to Kaduna Polytechnic, like other tertiary institutions was to appeal to them to ensure that all their publications meet international publishing standards by acquiring and using ISSN and ISBN for all their titles, which guarantees such publications a listing in the National Bibliography.
The Legal Deposit Act requires all publications in the country to be deposited with the National Library of Nigeria in the following quantities: 3 copies by individuals, 10 copies by states goverments and 25 copies by the federal government.
The standard numbers, ISBN and ISSN can be obtained from any of the 27 operational branches of the National Library of Nigeria after payment of administrative fees directly into the government account, NLN e.Account, via Remita.